A Bit of Randomness (Stomach Update + An Award!)

Thanks so much for everyone’s comments on my last WIAW: What You Need to Know About Your Produce. There was some great discussion and questions going on. Lots of learning all around!


So today was supposed to be a good day (Thursday). Both of my classes were cancelled for tomorrow due to final exams next week, and I had the highly ambitious plan to pack up after my last class today and drive home for a three day weekend.

Then I had lunch.

Hold up. Let’s rewind a bit. So, I haven’t been doing a very good job of keeping you all updated with how GAPS is going for me and what the status is on my stomach healing protocol. The main reason is that not much has changed. I am still only eating meat and a very minimal selection of vegetables. Soup is still on the menu for every meal of the day.


Like I said last time though, I am better. My stomach is not always as bloated as it once was.

But that is about as far as the results have gone.

The biggest problem is that I just can’t tolerate probiotics. Not the pill form nor the naturally occurring probiotics that you find in food like sauerkraut. For awhile I thought that I might be able to, but then when I kept on getting worse I had to cut them out again. Recently I’ve been taking small amounts of beet kvass along with ox bile for fat digestion because that’s not going so well either.

A lot of words and not much to report. In past posts though I’ve held back a little bit with what my symptoms are. The main reason is because I don’t want to complain. I still don’t want to complain and I’m trying to keep this post as sarcastic-free as possible. However, I did say awhile back that I was going to be more honest and right now with my stomach feeling terrible (from the aformentioned quote of “And then I ate lunch.”), I guess there isn’t any better time than now.

I don’t know a good way to go about this so I am just going to ramble on a bit more. Here it goes, my symptoms for the breakdown: bloating caused by anything from no identifiable causes to perhaps eating too many vegetables or “too large” of meals (think of a full soup bowl as “too large”… 😦 ), stomach pain if my meals are “too large” or again from hidden causes, alternating extreme bowel issues (severe pain from either side of the spectrum that may last a few days on end and wake me up in the middle of the night), acid reflux/burning feeling, the feeling of a heavy stomach, nausea, trouble staying asleep occasionally, irregular periods now persisting for about 15 months (I think I’ve had maybe four since then with one induced by artificial hormones from an OBGYN…. never again!), brain fog and trouble concentrating (<< these have both decreased significantly though since eliminating my allergies), mood swings, stomach cramps….

I’m probably forgetting a few but these are the only ones that I can remember right now. On a good day I only experience a few of these things. However on an extremely bad day all of these symptoms may plague me.

That does not mean that I am giving up GAPS. I still believe that it is the only thing that is helping me right now stay away from everyday being an “extremely bad day.”

It was 15 months ago that all of my problems started. I’ve seen 2 GI doctors, an allergist, a pediatrician,  a chiropractor (my GAPS practitioner right now), a holistic nurse, and an OBGYN. I was prescribed multiple medicines by the first GI doctor, none of which worked. I had several blood tests run along with other common procedures like two ultrasounds and a colonoscopy/endoscopy (with mild gastritis diagnosis). I’ve taken dozens of supplements. I’ve eliminated about 90% of the food I used to eat including all of my allergens (wheat, rye, peanut, egg, dairy, tomato, celery).

I feel like I’ve done everything under the sun with still no answers. I feel like no one understands.

But that isn’t true, is it? There are many out there that have it worse off than me. They truly have no one around that understands or cares.

And that’s why I know that I’m not giving up. Not even close.

Actually, I have another possible test coming up soon and I’m going to schedule another GI appointment if nothing shows up with that.


With that done I don’t really have anything left to say as far as my stomach goes. If you read through all of that above, I’m sorry because I think I failed at my attempt to not complain. I’m also sorry because more than once I probably provided you with too much information (And despite what some people may say, there is totally a thing such as TMI!).

I digress though, and not so subtly I will move onto another topic entirely.

Because that’s what I do. I randomize the heck out of my blog posts.


I think the first half of my Friday post was a teensy bit depressing. Okay, maybe a lot. So to balance it all out, I’m going to share something super fun!

A survey! 

This actually came at the perfect time in my opinion because nothing can brighten a dreary day like a good old-fashioned survey. This survey comes from Holly at Eat Great Be Great who nominated me for the Liebster Award. I’ve already been nominated for this before; however, that’s not going to stop me from doing it again 😉 You can read more about the origins of this highly prestigious award on one of my previous posts.

In case you don’t click over though, these are the rules:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers (as best as you can tell based on the info provided!). They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer.
  6. Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated.  You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

#1 Completed above, but in case you haven’t already, go check out Holly’s blog! I dug around on her blog a bit today and discovered two awesome posts explaining the health benefits of avocado and ginger. Very informative.

#2 I would say that I shared way more than 11 random facts about me above so I will save myself from overstaying my welcome and just count those 🙂

#3- My favorite part- The Questions!

1. Are you a city girl or a country girl? I think I may have mentioned this on the blog before, but I am a total country girl. I live down a long gravel driveway surrounded by acres of cornfields, my backyard is comprised of a nice thick woods complete with creek, and in high school I was involved with FFA (Future Farmers of America). Also, my high school had drive your tractor to school day which is quite the sight to see and as a member of FFA we got to vote on the best ones!


2. What’s your favorite movie? I really dislike this question as it is SO hard to pick a favorite. So instead I am going to just go with the last movie I watched- Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman. Loved it!


3. What’s your favorite color? Pink.


4. If you’re stranded on a desert island, what are your 3 MUST have items?

  • A flint striker to start a fire.
  • A knife to crack open all of those coconuts and dig into the gourmet fish that I would cook over the fire every night…
  • And a water filter. You may laugh, but try drinking sea water for days straight and see how you feel then!


5. What’s your favorite food? Heh. I feel like because I haven’t had real food in so long I can cheat on this and list a few things: peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (bet you didn’t see that one coming…), bananas, baked sweet potatoes, and shrimp.



6. What’s your favorite destination vacation? Just in the United States I would love to go to California again. Globally though I think it would be so much fun to visit China- the fresh food, the culture, just everything about China fascinates me.


7. Do you have any siblings? Yes. A younger brother.


8. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla, especially if we are talking cake and ice cream.



9. Who is the most important person in your life? Of course I would say my parents and brother. But I would also have to include my best friend who I just got off the phone with. A nice long phone call is just what I needed.


10. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning person as in a perfect world I would be able to go to sleep at 9:00 every night.


11. What’s your favorite day of the week and why? Fridays. There is just so much promise for the weekend. I was always one of those people who preferred the long car rides before and after vacations more than the vacation itself. Weird. I know.


#4: 11 Blogs That I Love (Yes I have already tagged most of you. However, this doesn’t make me feel guilty in the slighetst because I think you totally deserved this award AGAIN)-

  1. Meghan @ Clean Eats Fast Feets
  2. Meghan @ After the Ivy League
  3. Caitlin @ Chasing Chels
  4. Jessie @ Jessie Bear What Will You Wear
  5. Sarah @ Picky Runner
  6. Alex @ The Run Within
  7. Hannah @ Clean Eating Veggie Girl
  8. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life
  9. Claire @ Flake and Cake
  10. Anna @ Anna the Apple
  11. Rebecca @ Half-Baked Bec
  12. Edited to add Taylor…How could I forget this awesome new blogger @ Moves and Movies?
  13. If I didn’t nominate you, please do this anyways because you all deserve it!

#5: Now my list of questions… Muahaha!

  1. What time zone do you live in? Eastern Standard Time.
  2. Who is your favorite superhero? Batman.
  3. Is is hot or cold where you live now? Getting warmer!
  4. What is your favorite kind of chip? Sour Cream and Onion or Sour Cream and Cheddar.
  5. If you could invent a new kind of jelly bean flavor, what would it be? Peanut butter and jelly.
  6. Do you prefer swimming in the ocean or swimming in lakes? Ocean!
  7. What book have you reread the most times? The last Harry Potter installation.
  8. What is your dream car? A VW Bug.
  9. If you were given 1 million dollars right now, what kind of business would you start? An allergy-free bakery.
  10. If you could have a miniature version of any animal for a pet, what would you pick? I would want a mini elephant!
  11. What is your least favorite color? Red.


Comment on anything you like! Answer one of the multiple questions above, or share a little bit of randomness!

54 thoughts on “A Bit of Randomness (Stomach Update + An Award!)

  1. Thanks for the nomination! Your stomach problems sound horrific, I’m so sorry. Your positivity is brilliant though. I don’t consider that you were complaining, merely stating the facts! Hope it improves soon.

  2. Major thumbs down to your tummy troubles – I can relate [to many, if not all] of your symptoms. The biggest thing that I’ve taken away from all of the tests, procedures, etc. that I’ve done is that no one solution works for everyone. I hope you can find some relief soon!

    • I hope you’ve figured out what’s going on with you. Being in the dark is probably the worst part. I remember reading some of your posts on all of those tests and procedures. A customized approach is definitely the best- I agree! 🙂

  3. I don’t think you are complaining, I think you are giving out a lot of knowledge. I cringe when people have maybe a day of stomach issues but don’t know what it is like to live with a consistent stomach problem. tests are hard and like you I have had them and they don’t give a clear answer. so frustrating

    • I’m sorry whenever I hear that someone is dealing with stomach issues because I can relate all too well. I really hope that the doctor you mentioned before in your post is still being helpful and that you’re making some good progress!

      Whenever I hear someone complain about not being able to eat this or that, or getting pain whenever they eat ice cream I feel like getting really mad. Then I have to remember that pain is pain no matter how long it lasts or how bad it gets. No one deserves to be in pain. At the same time though it’s really difficult like you said. All of these tests and no answers!

      • Ya I think I am realizing how badly I need to re check in with a Doctor and get more tests because obviously something isn’t right kind of feel lost on what to do though. Hate that I know you can relate too.

  4. Sorry for the stomach problems, that is no fun.. I don’t think it is complaining but rather the only way to describe when you aren’t feel 100%.
    I too am an early bird and would much rather be in bed early, also I would love to go to Cali 🙂

    • Darn it Taylor. I knew I forgot someone. Hold on…

      Okay, sorry, your comment just sparked a thought 😀 When writing up my list of nominated bloggers I scratched my head for a good 10 minutes trying to figure out who I’d forgotten. It was you! I know this is a little against the rules, but I went back and added you. Haha. You don’t have to accept the award, but I hope you will! 🙂 I love your blog.

  5. Thanks love 🙂 You’re the best and this made my morning….the fact that you came up with awesome questions to answer just makes it even better 😉 I’m sorry the tummy troubles are persisting…keeping my fingers crossed that the next doc can figure out what’s going on!

    • My favorite question I made was probably the jelly bean one. Ever since Easter I just can’t get jelly beans out of my mind. Especially the black licorice ones… 🙂 It always makes me smile when I recieve and award or get a pingback on a post. Glad I could share the smiles!

      I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed the entire drive up (granted if my parents are driving only… otherwise that’d be dangerous 😉 ).

  6. You are definitely entitled to complain, it sounds like a whole lot of unknown annoyance you are going through. Stomach bloating can be a real pain, I can’t imagine having it mixed with all those other symptoms. Loved your survey, it make me feel like I got to know you a bit better! 🙂

    • You said that key word I think— unknown. That’s the most frustrating part of all of this.

      Stomach bloating is definitely bothersome. It sounds like you speak from experience. Hope you don’t have that problem anymore!

      Glad you liked the survey 🙂

    • Thanks for the advice Jamie! I actually have done a little abdominal massage just to try to ease the pain, but I didn’t know it was a real practice! I’ll definitely check out that link and look for some other self massage tips across the web. Thanks so much!

    • It sure was, especially when everyone tried to leave and go home… Of course I have to live near one of the tractor-driving students and was stuck behind them going 20 MPH for a good few minutes 😀

  7. I’m sorry about your stomach problems. I have some stomach problems but nothing that compares to that, I am so sorry for the continued frustration and pain this must cause you. The morning/night question always gets me. I like to be up by 7, but yet can never make it if I try to do a 5:30 am workout like a lot of people.

    • Maybe not, but I’m sure your stomach problems are still very bothersome! I think stomach issues are a frustration for everyone– thanks! 🙂

      I am not much of an avid exerciser (need to change that this summer) however when I do work out I like to do stretching/weight-type things in the morning and cardio later on. I seriously don’t understand how people can go out and run 10 miles right after they wake up. Crazy!

  8. I am so so so sorry you have to deal with this. It is one of the worst feelings ever to go from doctor to doctor with no answers. I don’t really talk about this on my blog, but I had issues with my thyroid and issues with my hormones (i.e. randomly no period for almost an entire year, despite trying different meds) and NOBODY had answers and it was awful. I went to literally almost 10 different endocrinologists, fertility specialists, obgyns, and other doctors. That being said eventually it got resolved so hang in there girl!!!! It WILL work itself out one way or another. Just keep hope. Oh and thanks for the nom :). I’ll try to fill this out later this week!

    • The period part of the equation doesn’t bother me, but I know that it should. It’s just so nice not to have it! 😦 On the other hand I know that somethings wrong. I think I remember you mentioning a little bit about some of the difficulties that you had on your blog. 10 doctors is a ton. I’m hoping that eventually I;ll just stumble upon the right doctor one day and this will all get resolved like you said. I’m super happy for you that you don’t have to deal with that anymore– super stressful I’m sure!

      Take your time with the nomination. I bet you’re busy and reading some of your answers is worth the wait! (Is it weird that I’m oddly excited to hear other’s responses to #5 and #10? 😉 )

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about all of that. I’ve been there before and it is just no fun. It just sucks that no one has answers for you…I’m just so glad that you do such a good job at listening to your own body, because it sounds like taking things into your own hands is better than leaving it up to a doctor. But gosh, you’re in my thoughts and prayers…I hope an answer comes your way very soon.

    And thanks for the nomination! 🙂

    • I’ve been trying to figure out what to try next but it’s just so confusing. I hate to think that I’m wasting my time with something that won’t work whereas some other method could resolve everything. You’re in my thoughts and prayers too with your gluten-free experiment. I know that you aren’t taking your allergies lightly and trying to see what works best for you too. I hope you feel better when the 30 days are up!

  10. Ha Ha Ha lovee that you guys had a ride your tractor to school day. Too funny. I hope your stomach starts feeling better btw girl. I know how it can be, but just keep your spirits high & smile because you are beautiful ❤

    • It was quite the event and super funny at how excited my friends got at the prospect of riding their big-butt John Deere’s down the country roads to school 🙂

      I know you have some health difficulties too Jessie and I really appreciate your support because I know that you really do understand how tough it is sometimes. And right back at you– beautiful on the inside and out!

  11. Thanks for the nomination :))
    That really sucks about your tummy issues. I guess one of the worst parts is that you don’t know what’s causing it. I can’t believe you’ve seen all those people and no one can tell you what’s wrong. It’s crazy! I really feel for you, it must be so frustrating 😦
    I love how practical your dessert island items are. I think I’d say a boat! Hehe.

    • Your welcome Anna! 🙂

      I think you’re right about the worst part. At least if I knew what was causing it all I could come to terms with it and maybe find some way to manage it (whatever “it” would be). The unknown I feel is just 10 times worse.

      Uh, I think a boat is super smart and I can’t believe I didn’t think of that. More practical than my water filter. GAH. Just get me off this dang island! Haha.

  12. Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever read the same book twice (with the exception of picture books!) I seriously can’t recall any book I’ve read twice. Does it count if I read 1/4 of it – left it for a few months and then read it from the start again? Ha!

    • My mom and some of my friends are he same way. They don’t understand how I like rereading books. I do have one friend who appreciates it though and holds a Harry Potter month in October every year where she rereads all of the HP books 🙂 I just reread three books in the last week actually. I can get through them so much faster and if it’s been awhile since I read them it’s like visiting an old friend!

      So that just sounded way dorky. Lol. I think you can get half a gold star for starting a book again 😉

  13. Stomach troubles are the worst – especially when you have to cut out so many different foods. I share a large amount of those symptoms and understand the battle to try find the actual cause!

    • I’m so happy to have found the blogging world because it connects me with others who share similar problems. Thanks for commenting Michelle! It’s nice to know that I’m not alone.

  14. Aw thanks for the nomination Love. I guess I’m only one blog post behind (whew, I don’t feel as badly). Alright, let’s talk about your tummy. I hate to hear you don’t have any real relief, and I’m glad you shared as much as you did because I have been wondering about how you were faring, and I was curious about what your actual stomach problems entailed. What are you going to do when it actually gets warm and soup is no longer an option, or at least one you want? I hate that you have this issue, and I hate it stems from meds. The Hubby had a whole host of issues that stemmed from modern medicine and some of them still exist, and knowing the reason doesn’t make it easier to deal with day in and day out. Basically, I hope there is a light at the end of this tunnel for you, and if there’s something I can do, you let me know. You’ve got my email.

    Onto things of a less serious nature, I don’t know if I realized you were a country girl. I think the tractor day is great and I’m also smiling because despite being a country girl, you still love the color pink and cookie dough ice cream. Does anybody not like cookie dough ice cream? It’s blasphemous.

    • You shouldn’t feel bad even if you WERE posts behind in reading. I’m days behind in replying which may be worse.

      Actually my plan for now is just to stick with the soup in the summer, try adding in some other vegetables and seeing if I can add in any supplements that might make this better. I’m hoping that before I leave for my internship I can get another test run that either rules a few things out or may be really helpful in figuring out what’s going on. I’m also visiting another doctor who I haven’t seen since last year for my colonoscopy (yuck) and maybe she’ll have some new suggestions for me. I have a feeling that she’s not going to like how limited my food is right now, but I can take angry GI Docs over constant stomach pain any day of the week!

      Thanks for the comment about the email. We’ll definitely have to chat over the summer, but maybe about something a little more fun and less depressing? 😉

      It is totally blasphemy when I hear that someone doesn’t like cookie dough. It’s like: Who ARE you?

  15. Stomach issues are the worst…I’ve definitely had my share. 😦 It’s so awful when no one can figure out what’s going on. Sounds like a super stressful situation. I hope that you can get to the bottom of it.

    It was so great reading your answers! I’m totally a country girl too and Friday’s is my fav day of the week as well!

    • Sad to hear that you know what I’m talking about. I’d rather others just be ignorant and blissfully unaware of stomach problems. They really are the worst. I hope you got to the bottom of your situation and are better now!

      Nice to hear from another country girl 🙂 I feel like most people I run across on blogs are from the big city!

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  17. Wow I cannot imagine how painful all of those symptoms must be~but you’re right, you shouldn’t give up because I’m positive that either this week, or maybe next month, or sometime further in the future, you will meet the right person to help you heal from this! God bless you and hang in there :). It sounds like the symptoms I had when I got out of high school but my condition only lasted for a week. It turns out I had urinary tract infection, but I’m sure your dr. would have already caught that! Have a beautiful day, or as beautiful as you can make it 🙂

    • So I had to look up the symptoms of your urinary tract infection just to make sure, but ya, I would hope my doctors would have caught that by now too! Sounds equally painful to what I’m experiencing though. That’s great that you got it all sorted out!

      Wow. Thanks for the amazing words of encouragement. I have been trying to pray more about all of this and it’s nice to know that God is there for me and that I can just put it all in his hands.

    • Thanks Alex. Me too 😀 Although I think it will be awhile until I can have those awesome foods again… But if that’s what it takes to eat peanut butter again, I’m in! 🙂

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